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Dhoni blames fast bowlers for loss but says they need to be backed after last-ball defeat to England

Mumbai: India captain MS Dhoni criticised his inexperienced pacers Ashok Dinda and Parvinder Awana for giving away too many runs, but said the duo needs to be backed as they are good future prospects. Defending 177 for eight, India witnessed a awful start before Yuvraj Singh’s (3/17) heroics with the ball took the second Twenty20 International against England to the wire.

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But eventually it was not to be India’s day as captain Eoin Morgan produced a scintillating 26-ball 49-run unbeaten knock to hand England a thrilling six wicket win to level the two-match series 1-1.  “The dew really does change the course of the game but we didn’t start very well, we were a fraction short. There was something there for the fast bowlers but they were cut and pulled early on,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation at the Wankhede stadium here.

“We came back well but couldn’t keep it going. We could have got another 10-12 runs at the end of our innings too but overall is was a good performance. The fast bowlers are still a bit raw but they got good experience and exposure to international cricket. They are good prospects for us but we need to back them,” he added.

Needing three off the last ball, Morgan hit Ashok Dinda for a straight six to seal the match in England’s favour by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. England required nine off the last over, thanks to the 26-year-old Morgan’s relentless onslaught that saw him smash five fours and two sixes.

Chasing a challenging target of 178, England were provided a blistering start by openers Michael Lumb and Alex Hales, who put on 80 runs for the first wicket in just over eight overs. Lumb smashed 50 off a mere 34 balls while Hales made 42 off 33. But after their efforts, the show belonged to Morgan.

England needed 23 off the last two overs and managed 14 of them against Parvinder Awana. The visitors, who opted to chase after winning the toss, were helped by a wayward Indian bowling attack and a shoddy fielding display that enabled the openers to score quick runs.

Apart from Lumb – who hit six fours and two sixes – and Hales, who had made a quick-fire 56 off 35 balls in the first match, skipper Morgan and Jos Butler (15 off seven balls) contributed significantly to England’s successful run-chase on a good batting track.

For India, Yuvraj Singh was the lone bowler to succeed with another excellent spell of three for 17, following his match-winning effort of three for 19 in the first match at Pune where England lost by five wickets. Yuvraj got the wickets of the two openers and Luke Wright (5), but did not get the desired support from the other bowlers. The worst performers were Awana and Piyush Chawla.  England would now depart for home before returning for the five-match ODI series, commencing at Rajkot on January 11.Earlier, India recovered from a mid innings stutter to post a challenging total of 177 for eight.

A rousing start was provided by Virat Kohli, who made a brisk 38 in 20 balls, while adding 57 runs with opener Gautam Gambhir (17) for the second wicket. India lost their way a bit with the fall of four wickets between the seventh and 15th overs before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (38 off 18 balls) and Suresh Raina (35 not out in 24 balls) provided the late spark with a sixth-wicket partnership of 60 in just 27 balls.Among the other top-order batsmen, Rohit Sharma made a 19-ball 24, but Ajinkya Rahane and Yuvraj failed to deliver with the bat.Opting to field, England bowlers started on a disciplined note before falling apart in the face Dhoni and Raina’s late assault. They, though, fielded brilliantly right through.

Tim Bresnan was easily the best bowler with figures of one for 27 while Stuart Meaker leaked 42 runs. Kohli hit seven fours and once he fell after making use of the power play overs, England took control with some brilliant out-fielding, before Dhoni and Raina wrested back the advantage.Dhoni struck three fours and two sixes, both in one over of Jade Dernbach, while Raina hit three fours and a six.

When their turn to bat came, England commenced soundly though Hales was lucky to be dropped in the deep square leg region by Awana in the third over. He was on eight then.Lumb started with a four and a six off Awana’s first over and then smashed Ashwin straight down the ground for the first of his two sixes.The opening duo helped England finish this period just ahead of India at 62 for no loss.

It was again left to Yuvraj to come to India’s rescue with the ball. Yuvraj broke the opening stand by having the 32-year-old South Africa-born Lumb stumped with a smart piece of bowling. He struck again, with the last ball of his next over, trapping Wright leg before with a straighter one, that kept the Indian hopes alive.
He then packed off Hales in his fourth over, having the batsman slog-sweep to deep square leg fielder Dinda. But none of the other bowlers rose to the occasion, with Awana and Piyush Chawla bowling several loose balls, much to England’s liking.

Morgan, who could have been run out in the last over had not Dhoni missed the stumps with his underarm throw, was involved in valuable stands of 29 and 26 with Hales and Samit Patel, before completing the task with an unbroken association of 32 runs in 13 balls.

India
G Gambhir c Bresnan b Wright…………17
A Rahane c Root b Dernbach…………….3
V Kohli lbw Meaker………………………..38
Yuvraj c Root b Wright……………………..4
Rohit b Tredwell…………………………….24
S Raina not out……………………………..35
MS Dhoni c Patel b Bresnan…………….38
R Ashwin c Lumb b Dernbach……………1
P Chawla run out…………………………….0
Extras: (b2, lb4, w9, nb2)………………17
Total: (for 8 wkts in 20 overs)……….177
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-64, 3-71, 4-88, 5-108, 6-168, 7-171, 8-177.
Bowling: Bresnan 4-0-27-1, Dernbach 4-0-37-2, Meaker 4-0-42-1, Wright 4-0-38-2, Tredwell 4-0-27-1.

England
M Lumb st Dhoni b Singh……………….50
A Hales c Dinda b Singh………………….42
L Wright lbw Singh………………………….5
E Morgan not out…………………………..49
S Patel c Gambhir b Dinda………………..9
J Buttler not out……………………………15
Extras: (b1, lb8, w2)……………………..11
Total: (for 4 wkts in 20 overs)……….181
Fall of wickets: 1-80, 2-94, 3-123, 4-149
Bowling: Dinda 4-0-44-1, Awana 4-0-42-0, Ashwin 4-0-38-0, Chawla 4-0-31-0, Yuvraj 3-0-17-3.

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